Faculty & Staff


Dawn Deeter


Dawn Deeter-Schmelz
J.J. Vanier Distinguished Chair in Relational Selling & Marketing
Director, National Strategic Selling Institute

Office: 2127 Business Building
Phone: (785) 532-6880
Email: ddeeter@ksu.edu

Short Bio: Dr. Dawn Deeter built and leads the National Strategic Selling Institute at Kansas State University. She has earned numerous teaching awards, including the 2016 K-State Professor of the Year and the 2022-2023 Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, and her research has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Industrial Marketing Management, and the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, among others.

Fun Fact: Dawn is a certified scuba diver.

Kellie Jackson
Managing Director, National Strategic Selling Institute

Phone: (785) 532-2783
Email: kelliejackson@ksu.edu

Short Bio: As Managing Director, Kellie Jackson oversees corporate partnerships, executes program initiatives, and coaches the prestigious K-State Sales Team. Working with students is one of her main passions, and what she loves most about her role is her ability to constantly challenge students while educating them about sales as a profession.

Fun Fact: Attended the 143rd Kentucky Derby.

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Tom Clark
Executive in Residence
Office: 4037 Business Building
Email: thclark@ksu.edu

Short Bio: Tom Clark has had a distinguished career as a senior sales executive and entrepreneur in the high technology industry. He has held a variety of leadership roles in direct sales, channel sales, strategic alliance management and global business development at Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Dell-EMC, and Verizon Communications. Mr. Clark was also a co-founder of Publications and Communications, Inc. (PCI), a technology publishing and marketing communications company. Mr. Clark served as President, and Vice President of Sales at PCI and Managing Director of PCI-Europe.

Fun Fact: I've been a featured extra in multiple episodes of the TV show "Friday Night Lights" and in the HBO movie "Temple Grandin".

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Mac Lewison
Adjunct Instructor

Office: 2069 Business Building
Email: maclewison@ksu.edu

Short Bio: Mac is an adjunct instructor in K-State’s National Strategic Selling Institute where he teaches MKTG561: Sales Negotiation. He previously served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Kansas City Division. He later opened a satellite FBI office in Manhattan, Kansas. In addition to investigating matters of National Security, Mac also served as a FBI Hostage Negotiator and Instructor. Prior to the FBI, Mac was a Global Sales Account Manager for AT&T where he led teams that built multi-million dollar telecommunications networks for Fortune 500 companies. Mac serves on the Board of Directors for the No Stone Unturned Foundation— an extraordinary local non-profit that supports the No Stone Unturned Therapeutic Learning Center in Manhattan.

Fun Fact: Mac has completed three marathons in Kansas City and Chicago.

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Michael Krush
Associate Professor

Office: 4021 Business Building
Email: mikekrush@ksu.edu

Short Bio: Mike Krush, Ph.D. serves as an Associate Professor at Kansas State University and supports the National Strategic Selling Institute by teaching the Sales Force Leadership classes. Prior to joining KSU, Mike co-championed and directed the Center for Professional Selling and Sales Technology at North Dakota State University. Mike is a co-author of one of the leading sales textbooks within universities, The ABC’s of Relationship Selling Through Service. During his academia career, Dr. Krush has taught undergraduate and graduate students sales and marketing strategy at four universities. Prior to teaching, Mike served in marketing as a brand manager within a Fortune 500 company and in marketing within the financial services industries.

Fun Fact: Dr. Krush has written two books — a textbook on sales and a book that helps undergraduates with career preparation, including resumes, cover letters, and interviews. He also has a stellar Batman Halloween costume.

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Edward Nowlin
Associate Professor

Office: 2052 Business Building
Email: elnowlin@ksu.edu

Short Bio: Dr. Edward Nowlin is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Kansas State University. Using both quantitatively-driven moderated-mediation processes and qualitatively-driven approaches, his research investigates factors that drive or undermine sales performance and actions managers can take to either enhance factors that encourage performance or mitigate the factors that hinder performance. His work has been published at the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, & Journal of Business Research.

Fun Fact: I speak fluent German with both a BA in German (Denison University) and MA in German Literature (Ohio State University). And I studied 1 year at the University of Heidelberg through the American Junior Year Heidelberg program (https://www.heidelberg.edu/american-junior-year/ajy-academics).

Jo Lynne Stalnaker
Email: jstalnaker@ksu.edu

Short Bio: Jo Lynne Stalnaker is an Instructor of Marketing. She teaches Customer Relationship Management and Digital Content Strategy and Development. Her background in higher ed is in both Student Services and Instruction, and she has taught at the technical school, community college, and university levels. She is very passionate about working with students.

Fun Fact: I enjoy fly fishing and hiking in Wyoming.

Rebecca Adams
Email: rebecca3@ksu.edu

Bio: Rebecca Adams has been an instructor in the College of Business for almost 10 years in various departments. She has been a consulting entrepreneur for more than 12 years. Rebecca has also won the award as the Edgerley Outstanding Instructor Fellow for the 2022 and 2023 academic years. Her teaching focus is on Consumer Behavior and the Fundamentals of Professional Selling.

Fun Fact: Rebecca has travelled to more countries than she has US states.

Tiff Butler
Communications Specialist, National Strategic Sales Institute
Short Bio: Tiff Butler, is the Communications Specialist for the National Strategic Selling Institute at Kansas State University. She has a background in visual journalism and has worked for Baseball America Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Asbury Park Press, The Tuscaloosa News and NO'ALA Magazine.

Fun Fact: I met my husband while we were students at the University of Alabama at Alabama v. Tennessee football game and 4 years later we got engaged on the field on Valentine's Day.